You Don’t Have to Try
If you are familiar with chronic pain, unpredictable or repeated illness, or dysfunctionality – you know that scheduling or finishing projects and routine tasks can be monumental. Yet, you want to Try.
You may have a daily challenge you have become accustomed to working around. Perhaps it is a weekly or a frequent flare-up that puts a wrench in the works you’ve planned. Maybe it’s hard to concentrate. If physical disability is a permanent trial, your mental attitude can get in the way of completing everyday jobs or self-care.
Try to Do This, That
Do you want to do more? Are there projects waiting for completion that you’ve started? Perhaps you just want an outing or a successful evening socializing. Has God whispered a task for you? The desire is there. God gives us abilities no matter what circumstance we’re in.
But we keep driving through the pain, the awkward movements, or the sick feeling. Perhaps the need to complete jobs is real- because there is no-one else available to help. Sometimes, we just want independence. The movements and exercise can be good for your physical body or your mental state. There are many reasons- or excuses, for why we do what we do.
Too Overwhelmed to Try
Then, a kind of depression and defeatedness can replace our wishes. We may fall into that pit where our brains become overwhelmed by trying. Pushing too hard or stubbornness to accomplish something can control our thinking. Satan can step in and push those buttons- and throws darts of doubt and pride at us, disrupting our good spirit and connection to God.
You know God has the answers. Trust me, those wonderful promises can get lost in the noise of the world. Even when healthy, women especially, find themselves overwhelmed by doing. There’s the “church” work, or other ministry, a women’s project, the gym, reaching out to neighbors or community, and all the needs that come with children in school and keeping a home. Yet God understands.
Knowing Instead of Try -ing
God knows. Psalm 139 “… you know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them. You know where I go and where I lie down. You know everything I do. Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it….”
God cares. I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
God has a better plan. Jeremiah 29:11 “I have a plan for you, one with hope and a future…”
God can give you balance. II Timothy 5:7 “God has not given a spirit of fear…. But one of a sound mind”
Giving your best, is your best for God. Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…”
Renewing Instead of Try -ing
A period of over-trying may require some renewing and restoring. Here are some ideas. To avoid over-setting goals, don’t take this list on all at once. Choose only one area that applies for today.
- Spirit: Deliberately set aside a new time to spend with God. Find a new quiet place. Read or sing a few lines from old hymns that emphasize a spirit of worship.
- Mind: Renew your mind with words of scripture. Intentionally listen between each verse for God’s message for THIS day.
- Emotions: Re-wind events until you can isolate exactly what has upset you. Mentally build a box around it- and give it to God. Know which emotions God has designed in you, and which ones he did not. (hint: fear is an emotion he did not intend for us)
- Body: If you are unable to do traditional, aggressive exercising, try some stretches and bends from a chair. The goal is not to build your body strength, but to take tension off your muscles.
- Love: There is someone who loves you. Go to him/her right now and give and accept a few hugs and back scratches – as many as you like. Hold someone’s hand for a longer period of time.
- Social: Change your surroundings. Visit with friends, go out to a movie, a park or to dinner.
Balancing Instead of Try -ing
What brings you back to a balanced life? When your life leans heavily on the side of wanting to do, how do you stop and reconsider? What do you do when you need to refresh your thinking?
I’d love to read your answers.
April Boyer © 2018
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